Jayson Tatum: Kyrie Irving leading by example heading into NBA London 2018

Jayson Tatum

Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum says that Kyrie Irving is a player he can learn from, as the point guard leads by example heading into the trip to London.

The Celtics currently top the Eastern Conference standings despite the loss of Gordon Hayward – who won’t be joining his teammates in the intercontinental trip.

But despite being without their free agent signing of the summer, Tatum believes that Kyrie Irving’s influence can’t be understated.

“He’s a great person. He’s a great teammate. He’s always working and leads by example.” he said.

“Any questions that we have, especially younger guys, he’s always willing to help and show us things and just talk us through film or anything like that.

“So he’s just an all-around great teammate.

However, it isn’t only Kyrie Irving’s impact which has helped lead Boston to the summit of the East. Brad Stevens’ coaching has once again showcased the best talents the Celtics have to offer.

And Tatum is another man grateful of the efforts Stevens has put in to help guide the team forward despite the loss of his all-star teammate.

“Obviously, when Gordon went down, it was tough.

“Basically, everybody had to do more on the offensive end and defensive end. We had to come together and still find ways to be effective and win games, and we really triggered in on defense.

“We have the best record in the East, and obviously Brad is one of the best coaches in the league.

“Hopefully we keep winning, and we’ll see what happens.

“We’ve got a lot of games left, and now we’ve got some time off where we can practice and regroup and tighten things up that we need to work on, and take it one day at a time and practice one game at a time.”

The Philadelphia 76ers host Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics at The O2 in London on Jan. 11 as part of NBA London Game 2018. The game is live on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS.

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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